I am not ashamed to admit that I have yet to fully embrace the adventure that travelling for work can often encompass (I am working on it though). Last week, I was in Portugal for work, I packed my running shoes and two sets of gym outfits with the intention of working out daily (or at least every other day). Not surprisingly, however, that did not happen.
Instead, I found myself taking advantage of the free breakfast in my hotel which came equipped with fresh croissants, eggs, a variety of locally cured meats and cheeses, fruit and a selection of freshly made pastries. My workout gear and running shoes, on the other hand, sat untouched in my suitcase for seven days. Yes, I am carb detoxing now…and yes it is as terrible as it sounds.
My guest today Lauren Robinson is the exact opposite. She is most at ease when prepping for an adventure, be it for work and/or pleasure. A self-proclaimed global startup ecosystem enthusiast and travel junkie, at 33 she has travelled to 41 countries (14 of the top 20 global startup ecosystems), with no plans of stopping.
As the first Venture Partner at Highline BETA, a startup co-creation company that launches new ventures with leading corporations. Lauren spent the past few years, building HIGHLINEvc as an operator and investor, after a career in the corporate world. She spends a significant portion of her time traveling, and gets excited about submerging herself in startup ecosystems to gain a better understanding of the history, cultural perspectives and how startups can work with successfully larger corporates.
In today’s interview, I sit down with Lauren in Lisbon, Portugal, whilst she was attending Web Summit to learn more about her passion for corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, travel and how she has managed to build a successful career merging her past experiences into an entrepreneurial leadership role.